Middlesex University will continue to prioritise the mental health of its students in the coming year and is also committed to addressing the issue through major research and community projects.
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have had a significant impact on mental health in the general population and shone a light on the subject like never before.
Since March last year, MDX academics and staff have launched and spearheaded a number of projects designed at tackling and improving mental health, including:
Emily McIntosh, a Director of Learning, Teaching and Student experience at MDX, gave advice on coping strategies in a Guardian article on how students can look after their mental wellbeing in the coming academic year.
She stressed that setbacks are inevitable but temporary and can happen to anyone.
“Life doesn’t always go straightforwardly, but there is a lot of learning in some of the setbacks,” she added.
Emily recommended students connect with course mates or become involved with clubs and societies.
Universities will have structured support including counselling or advice sessions which are “not just for those who are experiencing difficulties (but) they can often help prevent those difficulties in the first place”, Emily added.
She also advocates goal setting as long as you’re feeling robust and having a daily routine which can be good for mental health.
The focus on mental health will remain a priority for MDX over the next year and as part of its wider 10-year strategy.
Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said: “Going to University is exciting and a wonderful experience but can be stressful too.
“I want to reassure all students starting with us in September that their safety and mental wellbeing are priority areas for us.
“The last couple of years have been extremely challenging and we have invested in extra support to address students’ and staff mental health. We will continue to do so.
“As part of our 10-year strategy, improving mental and physical well-being in all parts of society is a crucial focus through innovative research and community projects.
“Never has the need to address and tackle mental health been more important than following the COVID pandemic.”
Find out more about courses in mental health at Middlesex University.